Updated: Feb 6
As you move into the month of February, you may find yourself wanting to hunker down and hibernate. This is perfectly understandable given the chilly weather and shorter days. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, this is actually a good idea!
Going inward during the winter months is in alignment with the natural world and can help us to stay healthy and balanced.
There are a few things you can do from a dietary perspective to support your health during this time of year. First, it’s important to eat warming foods that will help to keep your energy levels up. This may include soups and stews, as well as root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and beets. It’s also a good idea to focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables, as they will be more nourishing than those that are out of season.
What root veggie soup will you make this week?
In addition to eating warming foods, it’s also important to make sure you are getting enough fluids. This is especially important in the winter months when you are more likely to experience dryness. Drinking plenty of water is important, but you may also want to consider herbal teas, which can be very helpful in keeping your body hydrated.
Finally, from a TCM perspective, it’s important to be aware of your emotional state during the winter months. This is the time of year when you may be more likely to experience feelings of sadness, loneliness and anxiety. Paying attention to our mental health and taking steps to nurture our emotional well-being is an important part of maintaining our overall health during this time of year.
What feelings want to be known?
Can you take some time to reflect and offer love to your soul?
This months practice is Love songs to self!
Love Songs to Self is a practice of taking good old fashioned love songs and turning them around to your Self!
I love this as it makes it easier for me to be playful with the sometimes challenging act of loving mySelf, cuz truth, the world is harsh and a lot of BS can get caught up in my psyche about how bad, wrong, worthless and rotten I am. I know, it's truly wild that I would ever think that, and I do sometimes, and I bet you do too.
Check this out and practice loving your Self, put on some love songs and let's move...
Thank you for doing all you do to take care of you!
Lamia Gibson, R.Ac.
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